Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville raised some eyebrows around the league when he broke up his top line of Bryan Bickell, Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane to start the Stanley Cup Final. Turns out he had a good reason.

Bickell had been playing with what Quenneville called a Grade 2 knee sprain.

“We were trying to preserve [Bickell] and get some balance at the same time,” Quenneville told the Blackhawks’ website. “We didn’t want heavy minutes with him against [Zdeno] Chara basically on one leg.”

There were plenty of other revelations in the annual end-of-season unveiling of who was playing through what injuries. Marian Hossa, a late scratch in Game 3, had a disc issue in his back that caused his right foot to go numb. Michal Handzus had a broken wrist and a torn medial collateral ligament. Jonathan Toews declined to talk about the injury that held him out of the third period of Game 5, but Quenneville said he had his bell rung on the hit by Johnny Boychuk. Andrew Shaw’s face was bleeding for most of the final two periods after he took a Shawn Thornton shot to the face.